Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yankees and Angels Make A Perfect Pair

Earlier this week the Angels and Kendrys Morales avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1 year, $3 million dollar deal that solidified the logjam at the Angels first base position. With Albert Pujols signed for the next decade, one of Morales or Mark Trumbo will have to go sooner rather than later. There were some reports the Angels were going to try Trumbo at different positions, but that is just not going to happen. He does not have the athleticism to move somewhere else, and neither does Morales, meaning someone is going to have to go.

The Yankees just got a glaring hole in there designated hitter position with their mega deal to acquire Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero, so who better to turn to than a team with a lot of surplus power.

Morales hasn't played a game in over a year and a half, but last time he saw the field he was in the midst of being on pace for a second consecutive 30+ homerun 100+ RBI season. He is signed cheap and could  be gotten for far less than what he is capable of producing, he just comes with a ton of risk. No one knows how his ankle is going to hold up over the course of the season. He would be a boom or bust pickup, but if he is able to hold up he would put the Yankees over the top.

The other, and likely more available, option is the 26 year old slugger Mark Trubmo. Trumbo showed some excellent power last year belting 29 homeruns with 31 doubles in his rookie season. He doesn't walk nearly enough, but with the lose of Montero's power from the right side of the plate Trumbo would fill that void. I really wouldn't expect his average to ever get above .270, but then again he is a power guy.

If trading is the course the Yankees decide to take a deal with the Angels for one of these players could easily be done. Because these are the Yankees, however, there is always the chance they try and make a much bigger splash by dipping into the free agent market for a big bat. Stay tuned on the DH situation.


What about Derek Jeter and A-Rod? Both will certainly see their fair share of time at DH

Yeah, but you're not gonna fill in a lineup card every day with one of those guys penciled in. You want them in the field as much as possible. It's maybe a once a week thing with them. You want something a little more stable.

Cant disagree with you there Matt.

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